Thursday, May 9, 2002

Cashmere, silk, alpaca and more in downtown Juneau
After six years, Paititi Woolens is reopening as Invisible World at 369 S. Franklin St. in downtown Juneau. Stuart Cohen originally opened his shop in 1985. He closed in 1996, citing rising rent as one of the reasons. His training in art history, his love of travel and his interest in textiles - plus rejection of his latest manuscript by 17 publishers - spurred him to try his hand at retail again.

Avoiding age discrimination in lending
Here is a true story about a 70-something couple, owners of a profitable seasonal business. They needed $40,000 to start their season. Their company had been dragged into litigation and when the case was finally dismissed, their cash was almost gone.

On The Move
Anita Maynard-Losh, formerly the education director at Perseverance Theatre, has been promoted to associate artistic director. Her new duties will include overseeing and expanding all education and training programs, providing artistic support for rehearsals and to visiting directors, representing the theater statewide and nationally, as well as some office supervisory duties.

In the Tank
Juneau's gas prices as of Tuesday night

Business Briefs
Art retreat for mothers; Cha expands into second store; Development center offers seminar; Program offered to assist low-income homebuyers; Travel group launches resident specials program; Anchorage business honored during National Small Business Week; State participates in Tokyo's 'Alaska Products Fair'; BBB is now accessible online

Business Profile: Chris Dickrell
Title and firm: Chris Dickrell is the co-owner of Caribou Cafe.

Cruise provides college funds
While many high school graduates will get material gifts for their graduation, William Eriksen and Ryan Sis will receive the gift of opportunity.After working for several summers on the Adventure Bound, a 56-foot tour boat that takes day-long excursions to Tracy Arm, Eriksen, 18, and Sis, 17, are getting the chance to collect all of the profits from the boat's Mother's Day cruise. The money will help put the teen-agers through college.

A long reach
So Congressman Don Young doubts the loyalty of those of us who think the military should not be above the law in its treatment of the environment.

Simple solution
Here is the solution to the ongoing problem facing the poor residents of Juneau. Noise seems to be the crux of the problems addressed in the paper and by all the meetings by the Assembly.

Sharon is not a 'man of peace'
President Bush has called Ariel Sharon a "man of peace," a man whose record of peace dates far back in the 1950s. This is the same Ariel Sharon who led the massacre of approximately 70 villagers at the West Bank village of Qibya in 1953.

Trapping honest people
As usual the Juneau Empire did not get the story right. Of the four clerks that got cited for tobacco sales only three pleaded guilty. However, all four were convicted. Not only did the clerk from Family Grocer lose his job of 18 years, pensions, benefits and seniority, but was also like the other three fined $300 and a $10 surcharge. It's not hard to believe the clerk from Family Grocer was divested!

Apples, oranges and the First Amendment
I would like to respond to the letter from Mr. Paul Grant of the AkCLU.Mr. Grant, I am not as gifted as you may be with the use of words. So forgive me if I speak in plain and simple terms. Surely you are not blind to right and wrong.

Local Briefs
Event helps MADD youth programs; Forest Service campground opens; State BLM chief takes Washington job

Photo: Breaking ground
Construction crews began work on the Treadwell Arena on Wednesday by tearing out the existing tennis courts at the Savikko Recreation Area. The 29,000-square-foot ice rink is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Rulon's rules: Wrestler offers tips for success
After defeating Russian wrestling legend Aleksandr Karelin for Olympic gold in 2000, Rulon Gardner performed a memorable cartwheel to celebrate his remarkable victory.Gardner told a crowd at Centennial Hall on Wednesday that he reached that pinnacle by doing "cartwheels through life" - never giving up in the face of doubt and moving forward through adversity.

Homeless center closes after running out of funds
A nonprofit organization launched last November with the goal of providing temporary shelter for Juneau's homeless has closed due to a lack of funding.Briefly located in downtown Juneau, the organization known as Harbor of Hope offered a place where the homeless could take cover from the cold and use computers to put them in touch with social service programs.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Corrections
Due to an editor's error, the price listed in Wednesday's In the Tank column for a gallon of gas at Taku Fleet was wrong. The correct price as of Tuesday night was $1.519.

Trees next to Duck Creek cut without permission
The city is mulling its enforcement options after discovering Tuesday that a developer violated environmental protection rules by cutting down trees next to a salmon stream in the Mendenhall Valley.Developer Richard Harris cut down several large trees and "quite a few" smaller trees within 25 feet of Duck Creek at a site where Glacier Highway meets Dunn Street, said Dan Garcia, the city's environmental zoning inspector.

Custom car show features 1913 model
A 1913 sports car will be one of about 40 vehicles on display at the second annual Classic, Custom, Antique Auto and Motorcycle Show this weekend.

Tour plan comments focus on heliports
People concerned about a proposal to move helicopter flightseeing operations to the Thane area or near Montana Creek in the Mendenhall Valley dominated a public hearing Tuesday about a long-range tourism plan for Juneau.The Juneau Assembly expects to wrap up work on a draft tourism plan next month. The document addresses tourism marketing, downtown congestion, flightseeing noise, downtown business revitalization, and ways the community can better collaborate on tourism issues. Tuesday's hearing was the second in less than a week.

Litter patrols aim to pick Juneau clean Saturday
Hundreds of volunteers are scheduled to rid Juneau of litter this weekend in an annual city-wide cleanup.Litter Free Inc. traditionally organizes the cleanup effort the Saturday before Mother's Day, said John Logan, president of the nonprofit group. Families, Boy and Girl Scouts, service groups and other volunteers get into the act. More than 2,100 students and teachers will get a head start Friday.

Bear cub rescued by health center workers
Three employees from the Juneau Public Health Center rescued a bear cub Tuesday afternoon that appeared to be wounded and without a mother. But it's unlikely the bear will find a home, state biologists say.

World language students win awards at state contest
Thirteen Juneau-Douglas High School world language students - four French, seven Japanese and two Spanish - participated in the State Declamation Contest in Anchorage on April 13. The students took part in several competitions, and every Juneau student earned at least one award.

Push-up champions
Push-up champions Spc. Michael Garcia and PV2 Alexis Landvatter relax in the Army's front leaning position. Both Garcia and Landvatter, Juneau members of the Alaska National Guard, maxed the push-up event in the Army physical fitness test.

Pet Of The Week
Tommi is a 2-year-old neutered male who has an adorable way about him. He is an affectionate guy who likes to be brushed. He is playful with other cats and would probably do well with kids.

Neighbors Briefs
MS group fund-raiser scheduled for May 11; Silent auction fund-raiser set; Sitka to host tobacco-free camp; Rotary scholarship applications available; Fish Creek Road getting upgrades; Letter carriers to pick up donated food; Sealaska needs more volunteers

Thank You
...for all the help; ...for the support; ...for the kindness; ...for the participation

Art exhibition winners
Juneau-Douglas High School student Atsuko Chikashita won best of show at the 2002 All-State Art Exhibition in Fairbanks for this Eskimo doll she made.

Academic Honors
Juneau resident Harmonie Sorrell is one of 47 students in the United States and Canada to receive this year's $1,000 R. Robert Dale Scholarship from Moose International, Inc., to further her higher education at a college or university.

Photo: Spelling bee contestants
Kristina Paulick, a sixth-grade student at Floyd Dryden Middle School, won the Juneau District Spelling Bee Feb. 20. Along with runner-up Maya Pisel from Harborview Elementary School, she traveled to Anchorage on March 11 and 12 to participate in the Anchorage Daily News State Spelling Bee.

Photo: Meeting Madden
Steve Brown and Lee Guillemette of Hoonah Trading, 147 Front St., Hoonah, meet longtime Ace Hardware spokesman and former NFL coach John Madden at Ace's spring convention in Dallas in late March. Brown was among the several thousand Ace retailers who attended the convention to view the latest in home improvement products and merchandising concepts.

Brenda Willis-Bruce
Juneau resident Brenda Willis-Bruce died May 5, 2002, in Juneau of cancer.

My Turn: Where is the political leadership?
I have been an Alaska resident since 1966, and a resident of Ketchikan since 1989. I have experienced the economy of our state in good times and bad. The economic well being of Ketchikan, Juneau and all of Southeast, is in crisis.What we need, now more than ever, is effective leadership from our elected officials. Sadly, that, we do not have.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

My Turn: Student's take on 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus'
What Joe Frederick did was a bit stupid, but the way authoritarian types at JDHS and in this community forum have been reacting to it far exceeds the original level of stupidity that Joe showed. I talked to Joe about why he did what he did, and he hammered out what has become the AkCLU's standard "freedom of speech, freedom of religion" line.

My Turn: JDHS principal was doing her job
An incredible amount of misinformation, both legal and factual, has been spread in the media about the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" incident at JDHS. The district cannot remain silent and allow the public to be misled or Principal Morse to be attacked in the press for doing her job.

My Turn: Child abuse often part of domestic violence
April is child abuse awareness month and for good reason. From July 1, 2000, to June 30, 2001, Child Protective Services in Alaska received 17,457 reports of harm. On an average day, workers at the Division of Family and Youth Services (DFYS) receive 48 calls of concern about harm to children statewide.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 8:15 a.m. on May 8. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date caught and what station the fish was turned into.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Bears share the wealth
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team showed off its depth Wednesday as the Crimson Bears claimed a 14-3 victory over the Sitka Wolves to open a four-game homestand at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.Every Juneau starter had at least one hit, one run scored and one RBI for the game as the Crimson Bears overwhelmed the young Wolves.

Juneau soccer teams heading north again
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team will put its unbeaten record on the line this weekend when the Crimson Bears play three teams that competed in last year's state tournament.

JD softball prepares to take care of business
After a successful swing through Anchorage that left the Crimson Bears with a solid standing in the state, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team opens its only home series of the season on Thursday."It's a weekend of just taking care of business," Juneau coach Kari Monagle said. "I've been coaching long enough to know that any team on any day can beat you. I want to make sure we take care of the games we're supposed to take care of."

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 7:34 a.m. on May 9. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date caught and what station the fish was turned into.

Sports In Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Letter: Women's bracket fans need to make their voices heard
This year, 2002, saw another successful Gold Medal Tournament with four official brackets: A, B, C and Women's. And, for the first time in 2002, a middle school players event! The Lions can be rightfully proud of their sponsorship of this major Southeast Alaska event. Unfortunately, there may be clouds on the horizon.

Kids Rotary Park Run
Results from the Southeast Roadrunners club's Kids' Rotary Park Run held on Sunday. There were three courses available, featuring one, two or three laps around the duck pond.

House attempts to lower insurance costs
The House approved a bill Tuesday aimed at lowering insurance costs for small businesses, self-employed people and nonprofit groups.The bill would have the state help set up an insurance pool small entities could join.

Senate OKs limits on abortion funding
The Republican-controlled Senate passed a measure on Tuesday that would place greater restrictions on state-funded abortions.Senate Bill 364 seeks to restrict Medicaid funding for so-called "therapeutic abortions," or those that relate to the mother's psychological health.

State shows progress in personal income
ANCHORAGE - Alaska ranked fourth best among states for personal income growth in 2001, according to new figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce. That's a big turnaround from two years ago, when Alaska came in dead last.

Senate OKs bill that alters financing for campaign ads
The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a bill aimed at tightening laws that cover how campaign advertisements can be financed. The measure was pushed by Sen. Gene Therriault, a North Pole Republican, who as chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee worked over the last couple of years on issues of campaign finance law.

Accused woman's boyfriend says he didn't know details of insurance plan
ANCHORAGE - The boyfriend of a Wasilla woman accused of murdering her son said he was unaware that Suzette Welton had made him trustee of life insurance policies she took out on her two boys.

Woman amazed at winning Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS - Mildred Stickman thought someone was playing a joke on her when her phone rang at 11:30 Tuesday night and a woman told her she was one of six winners in the Nenana Ice Classic. Galena resident Stickman, 68, spent a restless night after learning her share would be $50,666.67.

Final Senate panel approves alcohol tax
The alcohol tax is now in the mix of legislation that's subject to barter and compromise in the final days of the session.The Senate Rules Committee this morning approved an increase in the excise tax that translates into a per-drink total of 10 cents, raising beer by 6.7 cents, wine by 6.5 and hard liquor by 5.6.

Elmendorf fuel spill cleanup praised
ANCHORAGE - Cleanup of a jet fuel spill at Elmendorf Air Force Base is nearly complete - an effort that won the praise of state environmental officials.

State briefs
Food-inspection debate starts again; Green Party candidates file; Bill would extend notice on mobile home evictions

Knowles wins business' nod on fiscal plan
Gov. Tony Knowles enlisted business leaders today in his push for a long-range fiscal plan.But Senate Republicans have continued to dig in against major new revenue measures. With just five full legislative days left, Knowles, a Democrat, called a news conference to emphasize the effect that an unresolved $1 billion fiscal gap might have on business investment in the state.

State Briefs
Six ticket holders win Ice Classic; Forest officials issue fire warning; Two arrested in Anchorage shootout; Senate approves measure requiring longer highway use

Steel crazy after all these years
Longtime Juneau musician John Knight has just released "Out From the Shadows of Knight," a recording showcasing the pedal steel guitar. On Saturday, May 11, Knight and his band Northern Pacific will play for a CD release party at Henry's Food and Spirits in the Mendenhall Center.

Exhibits free at Juneau museums Sunday
The Ice Worm Wiggle was a dance craze that didn't quite sweep the nation, but it did enjoy brief popularity in Juneau in 1937. Juneau's celebration of International Museum Day on Sunday, May 12, will include demonstrations of the wiggle, the tectonic tango and exhibits of fine art. The annual event is an open house at the Alaska State Museum, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, the Last Chance Mining Museum and the House of Wickersham. Kids' activities, tours, free transportation between venues, and the opening of summer exhibits highlight the day's activities.

Best Bets: Late-night theater and Hawaiian melodies
An imaginary rock singer and a gentleman guitarist highlight the weekend's performances. Perseverance Theatre presents the second of three plays in the spring Midnight Theatre Festival at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 11, with a playreading featuring Jason Hodges' rock 'n' roll-themed comedy, "Athena."

What's happening
Theater

Music review showcases songs of Friedman
Listen to my Heart" is a labor of love for Gwen Morton. Morton and three other singers will present 21 songs by New York composer David Friedman in a musical review opening at 8 p.m. Friday, May 10.

Music of Hawaii in Alaska
The first time Hawaiian slack key guitarist George Kahu-moku came to Alaska he was a journeyman welder on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. That was 1970 and Kahumoku was already an accomplished singer and guitarist in the Hawaiian tradition. More than 30 years later, he's continued to live simultaneously in different worlds - that of his Hawaiian heritage and contemporary America. He's a musician with dozens of recordings to his credit, a farmer, a high school teacher, a published author and an accomplished visual artist.

What's Up With That?
Q: What's up with that biohazard site on Thane Road (near where the avalanche came down)? What is buried on top of that hill that is hazardous and is there any danger of its contaminating the shoreline and water below?

A lifetime in photographs
The first photo in "Tenacity: Sam Kimura Retrospective" at the Alaska State Museum is a telling image, a portrait of the artist as a young man. In 1947 Kimura won two Anchorage High School senior class polls - the best dressed and best mannered boy. That's the Kimura that's pictured, and those qualities - fastidious and impeccable - mark his career as a photographer and his artwork.

Movies Where & When
"The Son's Room," (R) Italian film with English subtitles, winner of 2001 Cannes Film Festival Best Picture Award, 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, May 10, and 4, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 12, Gold Town Nickelodeon.

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